FBC Easter Family Scavenger Hunt
With our missional focus on “A Year Here” at FBC Tuscaloosa, your “Jerusalem” begins in your own home with your own family. To support that focus, we want to provide resources to strengthen and refresh your family. Hopefully you will find that this activity does just that.
The weeks leading up to Easter can be a meaningful time for families to gather around the Bible and consider the life of Christ. This family-oriented scavenger hunt offers a refreshingly fun way for families to spend time together engaging with Scriptures and the life of Christ. This activity is for families of all shapes, sizes, and age, not just those in the Children’s Ministry. A PDF version of this page can be downloaded here: http://parents.firsttuscaloosa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Easter16-Family-Scavenger-Hunt.pdf
Below there are 7 milestones from the life of Jesus. As a family, read & discuss each milestone, snap a family selfie as indicated in the description, then post your pic to Instagram or Twitter and tag @ttownfamilies or use #FBCeaster16 hashtag. Or if you prefer, email them to email@example.com. (Don’t feel compelled to submit all 3 ways.) Deadline: all posts must be submitted by Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to be considered for the drawing.
The first family to complete and post all 7 clues will win a $50 gift card to Chick-fil-a. All remaining family entries will be entered to win one of two $25 Chick-fil-a gift cards (1 entry per post/family).
Note: Even if you are not interested in sharing your pictures, work through the scavenger hunt as a family and discuss the life of Jesus. Hopefully, you will have some fun, faith-filled memories… and a few new family photos, too.
Milestone #1 – Birth – Luke 2:6-12
His story begins in a different way
Baby Jesus was born and, in a manger, He lay
God’s Messiah & Rescuer, He is King of all kings
But His journey began as a baby like me
With your family, find a barn, manger, or something similar and take a family selfie together beside it. Think about what it meant that Jesus wasn’t born rich or mighty, but as a humble baby, just like us. Talk about why that is important to us as we follow Him.
Milestone #2 – Baptism – Matthew 3:13-17
He grew and gained respect from God and from man
His calling to save us from death and from sin
He declared that He came to set captives free
And was baptized by John to begin His ministry.
John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. Locate a stream, a pool, a river, or any body of water large enough for a person to get into at which to take your family selfie. You do not actually have to be “in” the water; just be sure it is in the picture. Take some time to think about what happened when Jesus was baptized, how God spoke from heaven and what John said about Him.
Milestone #3 – Ministry – Matthew 4:18-20
Jesus began to teach all the people
They’d come to hear him, but no building or steeple
He’d talk in the mountains and down by the sea
And to those who would listen, He’d say “Come, follow me!”
Jesus often went to places where people were to talk to them about God’s Love. If Jesus were here today, think and discuss some places He might go to teach? Take a picture of your family in a place you discussed and give a brief explanation of why you picked that place!
Milestone #4 – Miracles
Here are a few to choose from (or pick your own favorite):
Matthew 8:14-15; 8:16; 8:1-4; 8:23-27
Mark 1:21-28; 1:29-31; 1:32; 1:40-45; 4:35-41
Luke 4:33-37; 4:38-39; 4:40; 5:12-15; 7:11-17; 8:22-25
John 2:1-11; 4:46-54; 6:5-14
Many people came to Jesus in need
Some sick and some lame, many broken indeed
Often Jesus helped them by word, touch, or food
All Israel was talking about this good news
There are many stories of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible. With your family pick your favorite story and read it together. There are several ways to take your family selfie – all point to the Scripture reference and take a pic; re-enact the story and take a pic; or you can take a video of your family reading or telling the story!
Milestone #5 – Last Supper – Matthew 26:20-30
Some of the people did not like God’s Son
And started a plan to get rid of the One
Jesus gathered his friends for a Passover meal
And shared what would happen; it seemed so unreal
During the Last Supper, Jesus explained that he would die and rise again, but the disciples didn’t understand his words. It was here that Jesus first described communion, or The Lord’s Supper – the bread representing his body and the juice representing his blood. After this, he left and went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before the soldiers came to arrest him. With your family, go find a garden or a patch of flowers. Take your picture together and consider how just a few weeks ago this ground was cold and dead, but today there is hope and new life. Jesus came that we might have new life and have it for all eternity!
Milestone #6 – Crucifixion – Matthew 27:32-56*
Betrayed by a friend, Jesus was arrested
He was tried by a court and his death was requested
On that saddest of days, our Savior did die
But within that dark moment, our salvation did lie
When Jesus died on the cross, his disciples and his friends lost all hope. But God had a bigger plan. A beautiful plan that was way bigger than they could see in that moment. We remember the cross as a place of suffering but also as a place of hope. The greatest hope we can ever know. In fact, this hope is not like the type of hope we often think about like, “I hope it doesn’t rain” or “I hope we have pizza for lunch today.” No, the Bible says THIS hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5) With your family, find a cross and take your picture with it. Talk about how we have hope in Jesus.
*Parents, this can be a difficult subject to approach with children. You know your kids best and what is the best way to share this part of the story. While Scripture reference is included, use your discernment and discretion regarding the depth of the details of which you share with your children.
Milestone #7 – Resurrection – Luke 24:1-12
Some may think that our story is done.
But they would be wrong! It has only begun!
For on the third day, Jesus rose from the dead
To give us new life… just as He said!
Our greatest hope comes in knowing that we will get to spend all of eternity with Jesus and with all who follow him! We don’t have to be slaves to sin. Jesus can help us to live with joy and life now. That is what Easter is all about! Take a picture of your family celebrating with GREAT JOY that Jesus is ALIVE! (feel free to be creative)
We hope you enjoy this family activity and that it provides a fun, meaningful time for your family as you focus your heart on Jesus this Easter season. We’d love to hear you stories, in addition to seeing your pictures. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.